NEW DELHI –– A mob of several thousand people broke into a high-security prison in India, dragged out a rape suspect and killed him, officials said today, adding that police had to impose a curfew to restore order.
Public tensions over the prevalence of rape in the country came to a head in 2012, when a student was raped and tortured on a bus in New Delhi and later died. The government has banned a documentary about that attack, reigniting debate about gender inequality.
The documentary, entitled India’s Daughter, was aired on BBC Wednesday and will be broadcast on CBC News Network on Sunday at 10 p.m. on The Passionate Eye.
The mob attacked the prison late yesterday in the northeastern state of Nagaland.
The man, a 35-year-old Muslim businessman accused of raping a woman, was dragged out and hauled naked through the streets and beaten to death.
“Security personnel at the jail were overpowered by the mob,” said the state’s Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang.
One person was killed and several injured when police fired on the mob.
A curfew was imposed in the district late yesterday and remained in force today as the situation was “still tense”, District Police Chief Meren Jamir told Reuters.
Most people in Nagaland are Christian.
Violence against women is widespread in India where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes. Acid attacks, domestic violence and molestation are also common.
There were 309,546 crimes against women reported to police in 2013, up from 244,270 the previous year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. These include rape, kidnapping, sexual harassment and molestation.